Foxes lodge appeal
Sven not confident of success
Last Updated: August 22, 2011 5:38pm
Schmeichel: Claims sending off was due to a misunderstanding
Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson has confirmed the club are to appeal against Kasper Schmeichel's red card against Nottingham Forest on Saturday but is not confident it will be successful.
The former Leeds stopper was initially shown a yellow card for delaying the taking of a penalty by Forest striker Lewis McGugan.
McGugan subsequently scored the spot-kick and in order to avoid the Forest players taking the ball back to the halfway line to hurry up the kick-off, Schmeichel hurled the ball away and was promptly shown a second yellow card.
However, 24-year-old claims he did not see referee Jonathan Moss show him the first yellow and if he had he would not have thrown the ball away following the penalty.
Eriksson is using the apparent misunderstanding as grounds for an appeal, but does not think it will be successful.
"I am quite sure he will be suspended for one game. We can send in a report, but, if they listen - well I can't count on that," said the Swede.
"Maybe the referee should make sure Kasper knows he has been booked because he said he wasn't aware of it, but it's not a very good excuse."
Schmeichel revealed he had apologised to his team-mates in the dressing room after the incident, which was made worse by Forest grabbing a second goal deep into stoppage time.
The keeper also publicly apologised to the Leicester fans, aknowledging his role in the incident despite the apparent misunderstanding.
"I'm definitely partly to blame - and I apologise," said the Dane.
"I would never in my life have done that to the team if I had known I was already on a booking, it would have been pure stupidity.
"But I have to physically see the card to know that I had been booked in the first instance and that didn't happen. I had my back to the referee."